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Where Are They Now:  Karen Keith

Where Are They Now: Karen Keith

10/01/2011

When Karen Keith was featured on the cover in February 1993, she was a news anchor and had started a side business of manufacturing clothing with easy closures for seniors.

After a 26-year broadcast career, she went to work with Mayor Bill LaFortune in community development and Vision 2025 implementation.

In November 2008, she was elected as the District 2 county commissioner.

“This is the last time I reinvent myself,” she says of the job she loves.

She says her biggest projects have been working on getting a new Juvenile Justice Center, making all county government properties non-smoking, adding art to county buildings, reconstructing and resurfacing Avery Drive and organizing neighborhood cleanups.

She also serves as chair of the Fairgrounds Trust Authority and is working closely with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on necessary maintenance to the Arkansas River levee system.

Her goals include securing funding for the Gilcrease Expressway and river development, including dams to benefit Sand Springs, Jenks, Tulsa and Bixby.

Restoration will help the river function more like a prairie river with improved fish and wildlife habitats, she says.

“It has been so stimulating,” Keith says. “There are a lot of balls in the air, and I love the challenge.”

 

Read more from this TulsaPeople article at http://www.tulsapeople.com/Tulsa-People/October-2011/25-years-25-favorite-covers/index.php?cparticle=11&siarticle=10#artanc

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